Docent Lecture: The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860-1900, Marsha Holm

Frederic Leighton, Pavonia, 1858–1859. Oil on canvas. Private collection. Photo © Christie's

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This exhibition traces the evolution of the British Aesthetic Movement from a small circle of progressive artists and poets, through the achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact on fashion and the middle-class home. Included are superb Victorian artworks encompassing painting, fashionable trends in architecture and interior decorations, handmade and manufactured furnishings, art photography, and modes of dress. Masters as diverse as painters Dante Gabriel Rossetti and James McNeill Whistler and designer William Morris, among many, are represented.

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Free after museum admission. Reservations are not taken.

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Rebecca Crump